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by tonyedgecombe
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: ERE with massive spending
Replies: 31
Views: 1482

Re: ERE with massive spending

Generally, I see a dearth of movement through active businessman or self-employment option/quadrant on this forum. In particular, I would greatly encourage any couple with children who are currently both in salary person quadrant to try to have one partner move towards this option ASAP. The increas...
by tonyedgecombe
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hopping over from MMM
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Re: Hopping over from MMM

Welcome @cal

The problem MMM has is it's so big that any dissenting or interesting views get drowned out. I remember reading a couple of interesting journals there but without bookmarking them I could never find them again.
by tonyedgecombe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Permanently low interest rates?
Replies: 76
Views: 10190

Re: Permanently low interest rates?

Europe is quite diverse, for instance on tax Italy and Germany have similar levels of tax as a proportion of GDP but their economies and fiscal situation are very different. Norway has an economy built on resource extraction, Greece has one based on agriculture and tourism, the UK based on financial...
by tonyedgecombe
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Permanently low interest rates?
Replies: 76
Views: 10190

Re: Permanently low interest rates?

Hasn't free market (well mixed economies) always outperformed central planning? And if true, wouldn't that give the U.S. an advantage? I think their is a reason why the Europeans are at negative interest rates now and we're not there...(yet at least). I do wonder what difference modern technology w...
by tonyedgecombe
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US
Replies: 35
Views: 1212

Re: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US

@chenda Any housing is going to degrade if it doesn't get maintained, that nice Victorian house in Oxford that costs half a million might be worth almost nothing in Toxteth Liverpool.
by tonyedgecombe
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US
Replies: 35
Views: 1212

Re: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US

@tonyedgecombe - the point though is that mediaeval builders had the means to build to last for centuries and were able to finance the maintenance for centuries. We still use their cathedrals and churches. Whilst the mass of people lived in squalor. There was an immense amount of human energy in th...
by tonyedgecombe
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US
Replies: 35
Views: 1212

Re: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US

chenda wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:08 pm
Mediaeval bridges lasted for centuries with a perpetual income from tolls and rent from the houses along the sides.
The ones that didn't fall down lasted for centuries. I suspect there is an element of survivorship bias in all this.
by tonyedgecombe
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US
Replies: 35
Views: 1212

Re: Technical Debts: Neglected dams across the US

Building better. Specifically building for durability. Think in terms of hundreds to thousands of years for a building lifetime, not decades. I have some practical ideas, that's my retirement project. I'm currently clearing land for a prototype, with a demonstration model scheduled to start around ...
by tonyedgecombe
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: ‘I give away half to three-quarters of my income every year’
Replies: 19
Views: 1048

Re: ‘I give away half to three-quarters of my income every year’

@Jason, You seem obsessed with his interior decor, it might not even be his house. My mother-in-law's home looks similar and she would be lauded on this forum for her frugality and ability to resist the latest fashions.
by tonyedgecombe
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Is Inequality Inevitable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1010

Re: Is Inequality Inevitable?

No. It's clear to see that different countries have wildly different rates of inequality. Lesotho has a Gini coefficient of 63% whereas Denmark is at 25%. Not only that but it does change over time, it has increased in the Anglo-sphere since the eighties, Mexico has seen it fall in the last decade. ...
by tonyedgecombe
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: What is a "good" work ethic, and how do you sustain one?
Replies: 40
Views: 1877

Re: What is a "good" work ethic, and how do you sustain one?

I would not be surprised if my 2 bosses' opinions of how good my work ethic is differed considerably! I'm sure they do, productivity in a creative work environment is very subjective. If I ask a builder to build a wall I can see how many bricks he lays an hour and a quick glance tells me whether it...
by tonyedgecombe
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: What is a "good" work ethic, and how do you sustain one?
Replies: 40
Views: 1877

Re: What is a "good" work ethic, and how do you sustain one?

It seems there is a fine line between work ethic and subservience.
by tonyedgecombe
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: CitySteading™️
Replies: 53
Views: 5051

Re: CitySteading™️

Jacob says the well pumps company isn't out in the sticks, because it makes no sense to build it there. I say it isn't there because nobody built a well pump company in the states since the 90's, I'm guessing. That it hasn't been yet, doesn't mean it doesn't make sense yet, it just means it hasn't,...
by tonyedgecombe
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: UK Tories Plan To Increase Pension Age To 75
Replies: 39
Views: 5318

Re: UK Tories Plan To Increase Pension Age To 75

@Nomad Any surplus in the NI fund is immediately lent back to the government, I'm not sure I would count it as a fund. The reality is current pensioners are funded by current workers and this will continue to be the case.
by tonyedgecombe
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: UK Tories Plan To Increase Pension Age To 75
Replies: 39
Views: 5318

Re: UK Tories Plan To Increase Pension Age To 75

In theory it shouldn't be that difficult to provide pensioners with their basic needs, after all only a few percent of us work in food production and distribution. In the UK at least I suspect the crunch will come when all those people who are trapped renting right now retire without owning their ow...
by tonyedgecombe
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: CitySteading™️
Replies: 53
Views: 5051

Re: CitySteading™️

Yet the internet businesses seem utterly focussed on building offices in cities, they might put the odd datacenter out in a rural area but all the important staff are centralised. Whatever is pulling them to do this has only got stringer over the last twenty years.
by tonyedgecombe
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: CitySteading™️
Replies: 53
Views: 5051

Re: CitySteading™️

We all know GDP is a poor way of measuring your quality of life, this whole community is dedicated to proving that. TL;DR: high urban incomes seem to get split between higher taxes, and higher housing. Productivity goes down, and costs go up, in urban environments. @Riggerjack I'm not sure making up...
by tonyedgecombe
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: CitySteading™️
Replies: 53
Views: 5051

Re: CitySteading™️

I disagree again, our cultures solution is always to ship the waste somewhere else. The waste challenges of living in a city are different than in the country but I don't see why the cities waste is automatically higher/ worse. The current paradigm for dealing with waste is insane so no one does a ...